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How Contagious Is Strep Throat?

Anytime a sore throat arises, the instant hope is that it will go away within a day or two. However, sometimes when a sore throat strikes, it's a sign of strep throat.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that around 11,000 to 13,000 cases of strep throat are diagnosed each year among Americans. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter wants to help you understand the symptoms associated with strep throat, as well as ways you can get rid of your strep throat as quickly as possible.

How Early Can Strep Throat Be Detected?

Strep throat can potentially be detected even before symptoms arise. After a person comes in contact with the strep virus, it may take 24 to 48 hours before strep throat symptoms are present. This extremely contagious illness is already contagious at that point.

If you've already begun exhibiting symptoms, seek medical attention for a prompt diagnosis and treatment plan.

Symptoms of Strep Throat

  • Headache
  • Neck ache
  • Pain in throat that comes on quickly
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Red, swollen tonsils
  • Stomachache
  • White patches in back of throat
  • Swollen, tender lymph nodes
  • Fever

Can Strep Throat Go Away on Its Own?

Yes, in some cases it can. But in some cases, the bacteria responsible for strep throat can morph into more serious health issues, which is why treatment is important.

If you're diagnosed with strep throat, your doctor will likely prescribe an antibiotic. Be sure to take the entire course of the antibiotic, even after you're feeling better, to ensure the illness is completely cleared.

Treatment of Strep Throat

  • Take an antibiotic, as prescribed.
  • Stay away from things that might irritate your throat.
  • Consume soothing foods, such as broth.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Get lots of rest.
  • Use a humidifier.

Do you think you have strep throat? Visit AFC Urgent Care Southcenter today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan!